Character encoding issues with Jetty 8

After deploying a webapp to the production server, all pages showed character encoding problems (aka, an accented letter would display “strange” data instead). In my development box it worked like a charm, but I couldn’t get it to work in the live server. I had all files saved as UTF-8, as well calls to  “<%@ page contentType=”text/html;charset=UTF-8″ pageEncoding=”UTF-8″ %>” in JSP files, “<page-encoding>UTF-8</page-encoding>” in WEB.xml etc…, but nevertheless, it simply didn’t work. I even used an encoding filter as suggested by a friend, without any luck.

What actually solved the problem (if I can call it that way) was a Jetty downgrade from version 8 to version 7. Simple as that. I don’t know what changed in version 8, and maybe it is just a matter of changing a setting somewhere, but until I find which one, sticking with Jetty 7 works great.